Donald R. McClarey

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

Something for the weekend.  Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity from Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

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Adagio for Strings

  Something for the weekend.  Adagio for Strings (1936) by Samuel Barber.  It gets my vote for the most powerful piece of music to come out of the last century.  It perfectly mirrors my feelings of anger, despair and hope

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Rhapsody In Blue

  Something for the weekend.  Rhapsody in Blue (1924).  George Gershwin had a brief life of 38 years.  What he could have accomplished musically with a longer life span is a sad might have been.

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Aretha Franklin: Requiescat in Pace

  Something for the weekend.  I Say A Little Prayer, sung by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.  She died this week at age 76, leaving behind a body of work that will give joy to generations to come, and

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The Untouchables: Death Theme

Something for the weekend.  The Death Theme from The Untouchables (1987).  Two posts about Chicago violence this week and my thoughts have turned to this wonderful, albeit ahistorical, movie.  The music by Ennio Morricone is wonderfully evocative of time and

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On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

Indiana:  The Mother of Vice Presidents       Something for the weekend.  On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.  The state song of Indiana since 1913, the song has fallen into obscurity thanks to the popularity of Back

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On Vacation 2018

  Something for the weekend:  Holiday Road.  I am on vacation with my family until August 5. My internet connection in the coming week will range from intermittent to non-existent. That is now by choice.  In the past it was not,

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Die Wacht am Rhein

Something for the weekend.  Die Wacht am Rhein (The Watch on the Rhine.)  A patriotic song popular in Germany in the 19th and first half of the 20th century.     The rendition most familiar to American audiences:  

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The Incredibles

Something for the weekend.  The theme song from The Incredibles (2004).  My bride and I saw The Incredibles with our kids back in 2004 and greatly enjoyed it.  We will be seeing Incredibles 2 this weekend with our now adult

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June is Bustin’ Out All Over

  Something for the weekend.  June is Bustin’ Out All Over (1956).  Central Illinois is experiencing a very pleasant June weather wise.  I became familiar with this song as a child listening to it being played on the Captain Kangaroo

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Salve Regina

Something for the weekend.  Salve Regina.  A hymn to Mary whose origins are lost in the historical mists of the Middle Ages in the Eleventh Century.  Catholics regard May as the month of Mary and thus this song is appropriate. 

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A Little Traveling Music

  British Soldier: You call yourself a patriot, and loyal subject to the Crown? Hawkeye: I do not call myself subject to much at all.     Something for the weekend.  On a road trip today to pick up our

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General Benjamin Butler

    Something for the weekend.  General Butler sung by Bobby Horton who wages a one man crusade to bring authentic Civil War music to modern audiences.  Butler was cordially hated by the South due to his tenure as military

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Jester Song

Something for the weekend.  The Jester Song from the Danny Kaye flick The Court Jester (1955).  In an age of truly unfunny comics it is a pleasure to  watch a true comedic genius at work.     Of course I

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I Hate Snow

Something for the weekend.  I Hate Snow.  Courtesy of Winter Storm Uma my little slice of Central Illinois is under a winter storm advisory today.  This after a week of spring like weather.  Depressing, but such is life in the

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Just As I Am

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. Billy Graham       Something for the weekend.  On the week in which Billy Graham died there can only be one song: 

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Hail to the Chief

Something for the weekend.  Hail to the Chief.         The Presidential anthem, it was written by James Sanderson in 1812 and became associated with the Presidency in 1815 to honor George Washington and the ending of the

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K-K-K-K-Katy

Something for the weekend.  K–K-K-K-Katy, one of the more popular songs of 1918.  Our times do not have a monopoly on silly music.  Kids were still singing this in the Sixties when I was growing up.    

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Glory Music

We bide our chance, Unhappy, and make terms with Fate A little more to let us wait; He leads for aye the advance, Hope’s forlorn-hopes that plant the desperate good For nobler Earths and days of manlier mood; James Russell

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Turkey in the Straw

“I have lately made an Experiment in Electricity that I desire never to repeat. Two nights ago being about to kill a Turkey by the Shock from two large Glass Jarrs containing as much electrical fire as forty common Phials,

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That Old Black Magic

Something for the weekend.  The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing That Old Black Magic, which was written in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, with music by Harold Arlen, and which seems appropriate on this pre-Halloween weekend.           It

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Of Rainy Days and Mondays

    Something for the weekend.  Rainy Days and Mondays (1971).  Lots of rain here in Central Illinois this week as October comes in quite wet.  The Carpenters, siblings Richard and Karen, recorded this song in 1971, and it was

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How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On the Farm?

    Something for the weekend.   How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On the Farm?  With music by Walter Donaldson and words by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis, the humorous song became immensely popular in 1919, especially with troops

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Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Something for the weekend.  Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.  Written in 1844 by Henry Alford, a Church of England rector, it quickly became a favorite hymn throughout the English speaking world.   My village of Dwight, Illinois is having its

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Goodbye Broadway, Hello France

  Something for the weekend.  Goodbye Broadway, Hello France.  A century ago the first American units had landed in France, the vanguard of the American Expeditionary Forces that would grow to over two million men.  To commemorate this vast event,

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Heave Ho My Lads

  Something for the weekend.  Heave Ho My Lads sung by cadets of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.   Labor Day weekend seems a fitting time to recall again the United States Merchant Marine.  The civilian fleet that carries

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One People

Something for the weekend.  The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band.  When I read Civil War history I do not read it in an us v. them spirit.  Everybody involved is an American:  Confederate, Union, black slave. 

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Homeward Bound

Something for the weekend.  Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel.  My family and I are homeward bound from Indianapolis and Gencon,  Written by Paul Simon in 1964 the song was debuted by the duo in 1966 and made it to

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Joan of Arc, They Are Calling You

I commend you to God; may God watch over you and grant you grace so that you can maintain the good cause of the Kingdom of France. Joan of Arc     Something for the weekend.  Joan of Arc, They

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Grenadier Guards Go Full Sousa

  Something for the weekend.  The British Grenadier Guards give a stirring rendition of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.  God bless our cousins!

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The Green Leaves of Summer

  Something for the weekend, The Green Leaves of Summer sung by the Lennon Sisters.  Written for the 1960 film The Alamo by Paul Francis Webster, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  The song exudes nostalgia and reflection, sentiments not usually

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Poor Kitty Popcorn

  Something for the weekend.  One of the more bizarre songs to arise from our Civil War:  Poor Kitty Popcorn.  Sung by Bobby Horton who has a talent for resurrecting even the most obscure of Civil War tunes.

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Fortnight For Freedom: The Liberty Song

  Something for the weekend.  The Liberty Song.   Written by Founding Father John Dickinson in 1768, the song was sung by patriots in America to the tune of Heart of Oak.  The video below is the most hilarious scene from

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